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is heading into the country. plus, what country is going to take charge? what role will the u.s. play? and did the u.n. vote come too late to stop gadhafi? will gadhafi fight for the death or accept some kind of deal. answer those questions as we prepare to fight in a third muslim country. and japanese authorities have raised the assessment of a nuclear disaster to a five -- that's three mile island level on a seven-point scale and they now more or less admit they are overwhelmed. wow. they're employing a throw against the wall and see what sticks approach in the nuclear commission. it says it can take weeks to get this thing under control. score one for the unions in wisconsin. the judge has temporarily blocked the new law shrinking collective bargaining rights in that state. wow, democrats hope this is the first of many obstacles. republicans say, it's just a speed bump, check it out. let me finish with libya. we know how we're getting in. but do you have any idea how we're going to get out? we start on libya. richard engle is joining us from cairo. thank you, richard, give us a sen
tonight waiting to see what's next after the u.s. and british forces fire on moammar gadhafi's regime. libyan state television is reporting 48 fatalities in the missile assault and claims most of the victims are children, but that has not been confirmed by u.s. sources. of course gadhafi is vowing to fight back. the u.s. is leading a coalition of some 20 nations in what's being called operation odyssey dawn. welcome to the news edge, i'm will thomas. >> and i'm maurine. the strikes are clearing the way for european and other planes. craig, what can you tell us? >> will and maurine, three u.s. and navy destroyers along with british vessels fired more than 110tomahawk missiles. >> today i authorized the armed force of the united states to begin a limited military action in libya. >> speaking to reporters while on an overseas trip, president obama announced a joint military effort has begunfiring on key targets inside libya. the move comes after top world leaders met in paris to decide on a course of action against moammar gadhafi's continued aggression against rebel forces. >> this
. right now on "fox news sunday." missile strikes. the u.s. and britain fire more than 100 cruise missiles as coalition forces act to protect the libyan rebels from muammar qaddafi. we'll have an update on talk with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen live on "fox news sunday." then two leading senators weigh in on the mix, lindsey graham and jack reed. japan works t work contain a nr disaster. we will get the latest from japan and talk with the secretary of energy steven chu. plus, we ask our sunday panel if the president is taking the lead on these issues or following. all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington where we are tracking two major stories. we have a reporter in libya where the u.s. and its allies are using military force to protect the antiqaddafi rebels. and in japan, where officials are making progress toward bringing a nuclear plant under control. we'll have more on that later and talk with the secretary of energy. first, libya, u.s. stealth bombers struck a major libyan airfield. and qaddafi called the raids terr
:00 in the east, 8:00 out west. >>> the u.s. military is calling the overnight military bombardment a success. admiral mullen says there is effectively a no-fly zone in place there's new criticism of the strikes by the head of the arab league, a group that called on the u.n. to take action initially. >> and moammar gadhafi issue -- gym meceda has been covering this live. i understand you having in initials on the aftermath? >> i do. first i'd like to mention -- we've been talking about how quiet it's been in these key areas lie misrata and other places. we understand there's fighting in the center of misrata. we were -- there are reports -- sources are saying it's pro-gadhafi forces that have entered the center again. it's a town they encircled about two weeks ago and have been founding mostly with artillery shells, but that had eased up. now it's happening again, obviously a violation of the u.n. security council resolution. in terms of benghazi, also important information coming out. that's that it looks like the pro-gadhafi forces have pulled back. it's impossible to saying from our perch
>>> target libya, the assault by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the end game? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounds his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels bunch coalition forces insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over triply, it claimed again it was ordering units to observe a cease-fire, a claim western forces are sceptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim in. >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. military officials are already declaring the no-fly
employees. >>> breaking news overnight. u.s. and allied forces bomb libyan targets as "operation odyssey dawn" is under way. and moments ago, we got new word on the success of the campaign so far. >>> and new word from libya's leader this morning as well, as antiaircraft fire from gadhafi forces, they lit up the skies of tripoli throughout the night there. >>> the day's other big story, fallout from the japanese quake even a week after the tsunami. this new and frightening video is surfacing. the very latest from there in moments. good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." we begin with breaking news. >>> new word from the top u.s. military chief just moments ago. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news a no-fly zone is in effect in libya this morning after american and european forces rained down missiles on libya's defenses. the u.s. and britain unleashed 114 tomahawk cruise missiles targeting libyan surface-to-air sites as well as radar and communications centers. three american b-2 stealth bombers also dropped more than 40 bombs on libyan defenses. now, the goal of
. right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ missile strikes, the u.s. and britain fire more than 100 cruise missiles, as quo litigation forces act to protect the libyan rebels from muammar qaddafi. we'll have an update from libya, and, talk with a chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, live, only on fox news sunday. then, two leading senators weigh in on the mission, lindsey graham and jack reed. japan works to contain a nuclear disaster, what does the crisis there mean for energy policy at home? we'll talk with the secretary of internally, steven chu and we'll ask our sunday panel if the president is taking the lead on the tough issues or following. all, right now on fox news sunday. >> chris: we are trashing two major stories, we have a reporter in libya where the u.s. and allies are using military force, to protect the anti-qaddafi rebels. and, in japan, where officials are making progress for bringing a nuclear plant under control. we'll have more on that, later and talk with the secretary of energy, but, first, libya, allied officials say they hit more than 20 air
. keep it up, mate. we'll check back with you. how big is the u.s. military commitment? who is running the show? we've got just the person to answer those crucial questions. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon what. do you know? tell us about it. >> well, the u.s. right now is in charge of the commanding control of the operation. it's being led, as you've reported by general carter ham at the newest command in germany. they're overseeing it but have you an admiral on board uss mount whitney, admiral locklear overseeing for the sixth fleet the tomahawk missiles being fired from three u.s. submarines in the med terrainin. a british submarine, as well as two u.s. destroyers, stout and barry. 114 cruise missiles as mentioned, clearly the fact there are still antiaircraft being fired out of tripoli they're going to have to fire more missiles or air strikes tomorrow to assess their still doing bomb damage assessments, about half of the missiles, we understand landed in the tripoli area where gaddafi has his largest air base. then there were two sites in sert, hometown of gaddafi no. tomahawk
libya since the operation was launched 24 hours ago. >> u.s. joint chiefs of staff chairman mike mullen says most of gadhafi's air defense systems and airfields have been taken out. libyan ground forces have also been hit. >> the no-fly zone is effectively in place. we have combat air patrol or aircraft over benghazi and we will have them there for on a 24/7 basis. move that to the west and he hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. the whole goal here is to get it in place. two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we effect the humanitarian support. from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective. >> besides the u.s. britain and france countries taking part in the libyan operation include italy, spain, canada, and qatr. >> gadhafi vowed to fight back what he calls terrorists attacking his country. >> we be victorious. we will achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. have you the devil on your side. >> he called coalition nation it is new nazis and promised a, quote, long drawn war. >> nic rob
from u.s. and british ships and submarines struck more than 20 intergreated air defense systems and other air defense facilities ashore. >> geraldo: this is a fox news alert. today, after a painful but ultimately successful week long effort to enlist international support in an operation named odyssey dawn the united states military led the air and naval forces of two of our closest allies, france and britain in launching a massive attack which we are told has already severely disabled the air defenses of the dictator who refuses to stop his vicious assault on his own people. hi, everybody. i'm geraldo rivera. welcome to our two hour special report on the day the libyan civil war became our fight. the offensive to protect libya's people from their own government and ultimately take down the madman who has plagued us for more than four decades began saturday when french jets soared over qaddafi's forces besieging the rebel held city of benghazi, reportedly taking out four of qaddafi's tanks. the initial french action was soon dwarfed by a huge salvo of cruz missiles. 11 114 fired
, if you are just waking up. fresh word from the nation's top military officer after u.s. and coalition forces bombarded libya's defenses overnight. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news there is a no-fly zone in place in libya. that's after more than 110 tomahawk cruise missiles from warships and submarines slammed the antiaircraft units and command posts. admiral mullen also said that possible outcome of the military action could include the embattled leader, moammar gadhafi, remaining in power. meanwhile, gadhafi issued an audio address on state tv, saying the country was preparing for a long war. on the screen, the image of a giant, gold fist crushing an american plane. nbc's jim maceda's in libya's capital of tripoli. jim, with another good day to you, we have cruise missiles that were targeting sites around the city there. what's it like there now? >> reporter: here, it's quiet. it wasn't so at 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, though, alex. we all jumped and jolted first when we heard a number of explosions. it was these deep thuds that you never like to hear. they could have been cruise m
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles >>> good morning. attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a show of force against gadhafi. now american stealth bombers have enter the fight. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in, calling the coalition operation terrorism and warning it could ignite a crusader war. >>> and miracle rescue. nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today is sunday march 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. breaking news out of libya today where the assault on gadhafi intensifies. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used dropping bottoms in a libyan airfield. american pilots are takin
? what are the risks to the u.s., and what about the threats to bomb airlines? >>> tonight, disaster in the pacific as the frightening aftershocks continue. radiation turns up in the japanese food and water supply. amid signs of progress at the nuclear reactors. >>> good evening. it was a history-making day for this nation. a nation still at war in iraq and afghanistan. the u.s. has now joined a third battlefront, firing missiles into another nation, libya. a coalition of 21 countries trying to stop moammar gadhafi from waging war on his own people. before the attack, there were dramatic images of a libyan military plane brought down, not clear how, as gadhafi forcess continue to descend on the rebel stronghold. what is at risk for the united states tonight and what happens next? our team has been reporting on the big events all day, and we'll begin with martha raddatz in washington. martha. >> reporter: the u.s. and its allies said they would protect the people of libya, and that's what they're trying to do tonight, but there's no question we're at war once again, and the u.s. for n
u.s. destroyers in the mediterranean and three u.s. sub marines and one british sub marine. they were fired off of those at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. takes about an hour flying time for the tomahawks to strike their targets. there were about 20 targets evenly divided between the capital of tripoli as well as misred aed ta where we he do understand from reports on the ground that an air force academy was targeted there as well as the main air base that qadaffi has. also, two strikes against sert, the hometown of qadaffi but none against benghazi where the rebels are holed up. they wanted to avoid any casualties in benghazi. >> judge jeanine: that, of course, being the rebel stronghold. we are now six hours into the cruz missile attack. is it true that it will take in fact hours more for us to know the full extent of the cruz missile attacks? >> reporter: i think they are starting to get some reports. one u.s. defense official says that qadaffi's defense systems basically an sa 5 old soviet era defense system, ironically the same that was used by saddam hussein exactly 8 years
back over to candy crowley. >>> this morning u.s. and international forces have effectively put in place the no-fly zone in libya. that was preceded by a furious assault of tomahawk missiles from allied forces at sea. >> this is just the first phase of a multiphased military operation to enforce the united nations resolution and deny the regime to use force against its own people. >> the days of tough talk are over. today the attack on libya. the role of the u.s. military command commander, the latest from mike mule enof centcom commander admiral william fallon. >> what we really know from energy secretary stephen chu. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." moammar gadhafi's bases are getting pounded. he remains defiant. there was this broadcast message. >> they have to know we will fight. >> this land will not submit ever. we have defeated italy when it was great power like you today. you are aggressives. you are animals. >> let's go to senior international correspondent nic robertson. he is in tripoli. nic, what have you seen or heard of this first 24 hours reall
. a simpler way to ship. >> u.s. officials confirms to fox news. qaddafi air defenses are seriously disabled. it is too early to predict what they might do in response to today's strike. >> new images shows u.s. navy ships firing missiles and teeping wup britain, france and canada and italy to enforce a no fly zone all to support a rebel uprising in that country until now appeared on the verge of defeat. even before the attack a libyan fighter jet hit boy rebel fire or a coalition plane. the rebels on the ground cheered and celebrating. as international forces move in. 114 tomahawk cruise missiles fired thus far and targeting 20 sites near tripoli. we have live coverage on the ground. molly henningberg has the u.s. reponce. we begin with steve harington streaming live from tripoli. steve. >>reporter: a message of defiance from qaddafi. he said the attackers are colonialist and where onist who want to take over libyan oil. this time he was in a curious move it is a phone conversation recorded and that may speak to his ability to have communications or he could be in hiding. it is not clear. h
tomahawk cruise missiles fired from u.s. british ships and sur marines strapped to other defense facilities ashore. >> i tried to run up to the roof and then i saw the second explosion, i saw a huge fire coming up from that place. and there was a lot of noise kind hear some shooting. i can't determine whether it is an anti-craft shooting or gunfire shooting, it was very severe, very heavy. >>> i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta. >> i'm michael holmes welcoming viewers to the special coverage in libya. >> anti-aircraft gunfire and explosions can be heard this hour in the libyan capital of tripoli. still unclear if that gunfire is in response to new air and missile strikes from coalition forces. cnn's nic robertson who is in tripoli, says smoke can be seen rising from the presidential compound. >> american, french and british military forces began these air strikes on saturday the mission is being dubbed operation odyssey dawn, a u.n.-approved operation, intended to stop the libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, from violating a cease-fire and i tacking his own people. >> multiple air and missile s
. this morning, target libya. u.s. and european forces pound libya overnight. taking out key targets at the u.s. gets embroiled in a new overseas conflict. now moammar gadhafi is surrounding key sites with women and children to create a human shield. how involved will the u.s. get? >>> hope and fear. nine days after the tsunami, an incredible rescue. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy found alive. but then, there's this. the drinking water in tokyo, now tainted with radiation. >>> fall from grace. he was the most famous bear in the world. knut the polar bear has died at the young age of 4. how did he go from the top of the world to this tragic end? >>> and bullied no more. this is the video giving hope to underdogs all over the world. this boy body-slams his bully. this morning, he's telling his story. what made him snap? >>> good morning. the u.s. is now involved in its third overseas conflict. this one is called operation odyssey dawn. and throughout the night, we saw images like these. u.s. and british ships and submarines launches missiles at libyan targets to establish a no-fly zone ov
the american navy. u.s. president obama who was in brazil for trade discussions talked about the discussion to take military action. >> the u.s. of force is not our first choice. and it's not a choice i make lightly. but we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> to take a look now at this map. this gives you an idea of where coalition strikes were aimed. also the areas of the no fly zone. the main areas are interest are been goes benghazi and the heart of tripoli. moammar gadhafi addressed his people and the world, saying libya will wipe out the aggressors from the united states, britain and france. >> we will be victorious, achieve victory on behalf of the people. we have allah with us. you have the devil on your side. what right have you got to attack our people? who gave you that right? who are you? you backward barbaries. this is an aggression that has no justification. this atrocity. we will hold to our land, to our rights. we will fight inch by inch. this land has been stained with t the plod of our people, our leaders, our forefathers. >> now t
gadhafi. we spoke to people on the streets there. they're thankful to countries likes the u.s. and france. they believe this will eventually lead to a free libya. there's a period of insurgency. this is the scary part because of how illogical gadhafi is and because of what he called his thirst for blood. >> alex, thanks. let's go to the capital of tripoli again. allen little, of the bbc is there. he joins us live. you heard the mood in benghazi. what do you think the next move is in tripoli? how are they portraying it there? >> reporter: well, finding colonel gadhafi. it's not hard to find people around the city here echoing the sentiments. people saying they're willing to die along with the colonel if it comes to that. there's though doubting the sincerity. their devotion gets more intense. the more isolated he becomes from the world. how represent sif that voice? no other voice can make itself heard here in the prevailing atmosphere in which patriotism is fused can devotion for the person of gadhafi himself. what of the people that don't take part in the demonstrations? what do they fee
members of the arab league. doug mcelway, thank you very much. president obama said u.s. forces willing not be on the ground in liba. sit going to be possible to complete this mission without sending them in? former pentagon official kt mcfarland joins us on the telephone with that. repeatedly they said troops will not be involved and american troops haven't been involved in aircraft. it's only been tomorrowa hawks right? >> right. we've not at this point seen american aircraft flying over liba. now there is a thought there would be a black hawk down incident is for most. the u.s. aircraft will not fly over libya if they do at all until air defenses have been taken out. that is what this bombing has been. there is a question of can we have a clean neat strike? nobody, no boots on the ground zront to get hands dirty. someone has got to go in on the ground. muammar gaddafi is probably not going to give up at all. he knows he doesn't get to retire in florida. he knows he'll go to the international courts and have to face military charges that he has committed crimes against humanity. so he
. u.s. missiles light the mediterranean sky. operation odyssey dawn under way. a coalition of western and arab states are unleashing strikes on libyan targets right now. the allies' goal, the stop moammar gadhafi from butchering his own citizens to stay in power. tonight, he shows no signs of backing down. at least not yet. a spokesman for his embattled government calls the allied attack "barbaric." good evening, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we would like to welcome our viewers from around the world. this is a special edition of "the situation room," "target libya." but we begin with breaking news. cnn is live tonight across libya with what's going on. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is reporting from tripoli where sounds of attacks echoed through the night. and our correspondent arwa damon is with us, she's in benghazi where rebels have been trying to hold on to that city. let's get to both of them in just a moment. but first, in just the last hour, we've heard explosions and gunfire across tripoli. >> no word yet who exactly is behind it. it comes hours after
report. >> it's just the beginning. >> the u.s. and allies, now seeing the effects of a full scale military operation to stop libya's leader, muammar gaddafi. >> and effectively he hasn't flown any in the last few days, i would say the no-fly zone is effectively in place. >> harris: that was 24 hours ago, and tonight, fox reports live from tripoli. what our journalists on the ground are seeing now. plus, life saving supply already running low in japan's devastation zone. now traces of radiation found in even more food sources. but a month a frantic rush to contain a nuclear disaster. >> earthquake survivors pulled from the wreckage. we're live from japan where a new day begins. we begin tonight with a heavy bombardment by coalition forces inside libya. mixed messages by muammar gaddafi who has called for a new cease-fire and promises to fight to the death at the same time. here is where we stand. the fog calling operation odyssey dawn a success and we're told the no-fly zone is now in effect and cruise missiles and long range bombers have taken out a number of key targets including
pictures of the aaa as the u.s. official allies had the first a tax breaattacks. coming up. >> vicki: at some intense moments. the san jose it fire department issued a shelter. here is this seen as the crews worked to clean up to an and 50 gal.. >> reporter: at the san jose fire department was called to the treatment plant on grayson road. it can taint 5,000 gal. of ammonia. it began to leak. a point of the allocation was hit. >> we ask residents to close their windows and stay in their homes. >> reporter: firefighters were able to a purge the tank. they discovered hundreds of gallons of them and it had leaked. >> at the leak is not getting worse. it is contained. we have approximately two and 50 gal. and said the secondary containment area. >> reporter: they are relieved to know the other circumstances where their favor. >> we have been offline at this plant since early march. we have a construction project. the of the tanks of water. we are supplying the treated water to the valley from los gatos. >> reporter: the incident was declared contained. in san jose jet pierce kron4 news.
by gadhafi's forces. in an interview this morning, u.s. joint chiefs chairman mike mull ensays the coalition attacks have effectively stopped that assault. and our candy crowley is talking to him on "state of the union" in an hour here on cnn. you'll be able to catch that. also a short time ago, we heard from libyan leader himself, gadhafi, who had plenty to say about the coalition strikes. >> translator: if the men were to be killed, the women will take over. we will hold the green flag high. they must know today that it is a confrontation between the libyan people and america, france, and britain. and the christian pact. all the libyans women and women are ready today to be leaders. but we will be victorious. you will be defeated. >> he also said the aggressors would never lay a hand on his land or soul. this was an audio message. it is tough to independently confirm even if we do believe it's him. we didn't see him this time. >> no, we didn't. we'll be looking at that in the hours ahead. colonel gadhafi, that gee fins we heard in the face of overnight coalition strikes and activity which
>>> u.s. fire power. allied military muscle. speeding towards libya to stop a brutal civil war. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy. >> translator: he's totally defied the warning. >> moammar gadhafi isn't backing down. >> translator: now all detos will be open and armed people to defend people and its unity. >> a showdown of force on many sides with global impact. >> we'd like to welcome our viewers around the globe watching special coverage. i'm don lemon. >> i'm john vause. the time for warnings is over. the time for action is now. as the u.s. joins a coalition of countries targeting moammar gadhafi's forces. heavy gun fire and explosion in libya's capital of tripoli hours after the coalition attacked the defenses. in theatest move british jets flew 3,000 miles to carry out a missile strike on key targets. >> john, earlier the pentagon said u.s. and british ships and submarines fired more than 110 tomahawk missiles. they hit about 20 libyan air and missile defense targets. coalition calling this "operation odyssey dawn." >> f
i'm the u-s and french militaries fired missiles into libya.it's an internatiinal mission folbaum reports ... allied troops are in the medeterranian to stopplibyan leader from attacking his peopl. peeple. -------------------------------- p------------------------------- -------------------------------- -------------------------------- --------the u-s -- taking part in an international military operation to prooect people in libba. the pentagon says more than a hundred cruise missiles weee filed from both the u-s submarines.... attacking thee libyyn air defense systems. statement during his visit to brazil. obama: "the us is acting ... ... libyan people." eerlier france launched a militaay operation against qadaffi forces. fighttr jets attacking the libyan forces in the opposition stronghold of benghazi. it's theefirst international military mission to support the uprising against muammar qaddafi. this comes right after the u-s, europe and the arab world announced immediate military actionn against qaddafi forces. nicolas sarkozy: our airforce will oppose any aggression by colon
will be back at the normal time next sunday. u.s. andal lied forces have effectively implemented the no-fly zone. we want to go first to international correspondent nick robertson who is in tripoli. we have heard from gadhafi this morning and know that he is claiming that civilians died in some of these attacks on libya. can you tell from your vantage point because we've talked to admiral mullen who says we were pretty precise in these things, how much of this is propaganda coming out of gadhafi and how much of it can be documented? >> reporter: it's very hard to document any of it. what we have seen on state television on these pictures emerged perhaps an hour and ten minutes after those bombing missions on tripoli on the eastern side of tripoli, there were pictures of army officers inside a hospital visiting wounded men of fighting age, a couple of them appeared to have military uniforms on. some had severe injuries, one had a severe head trauma and being ventilated by hand by a med medic. they were holding up pieces of shrapnel and saying sort of a catch phrase here, 100% support for
and will be the idea that they will do close air support for the rebels around the benghazi area. >> some u.s. military spokesmen and officers are saying significant process has already been made. potentially there is a no-fly zone already created. that is music to the ears of europeans, particularly those who have come to this party somewhat differently. >> we have heard about greece coming far, and offering bases to be used. some have been reluctant this came up very quickly. president sarkozy moved quickly after the summit meeting yesterday and as a consequence, i think people didn't really have a chance to formulate policy. i know that in one case, in denmark, waiting for parliamentary debate before they would commit to using any forces. it's taken diplomats and politicians a bit by surprise. they are certainly moving far more quickly than they have on a lot of things, richard. >> jim, briefly. a difficult question for a brief answer. who is in the lead here? >> that's a very good question. one of the things we don't know yet, richard, is exactly where the command and control center for all of this
at 6:00. >>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes on gadhafi's forces are under way. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells this people that there will be no mercy. >>> american cruise missiles and french fighter jets attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began eight years ago today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the crippled nuclear reactor, but new concerns about the safety of food in that country. >> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc news with lester holt". >> good evening u.s. war ships opened fire on libya's air defenses tonight. part of protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi. following air strikes by french fighter jets, u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at 20 tar guess along libyan's coast. president obama stressed it would not involve u.s. ground troops. the strike comes two days after the u.n. security council okayed the establishment of a no fly zone over libya. we have all fronts covered. we want to start with jim mace
military saying that 19 u.s. warplanes including f-15s and 16s conducted air strikes against libyan air defenses. admiral mike mullen telling cnn no-fly zone is in effect. and in japan, death toll continues to rise. it is up to more than 8,200 now. we have good news today, two survivors were found after nine days trapped. that's going to do it for us here. do want to hand it over now to candy crowley and "state of the union." >>> this morning, u.s. and international forces have effectively put in place the no-fly zone in libya. that was preceded by a furious assault of tomahawk missiles from allied forces at sea. >> this is just the first phase of what will likely be a multiphase military operation designed to enforce the united nations resolution and denied the libyan regime, at built to use force against its own people. >> the days of tough talk are over. the attack on lib yashgs tya an latest from mike mullen, centcom commander admiral william fallon and general richard meyers. then senators john mccain and joe lieberman. >> i think we can turn this tide. >> it's late. but it's n
missiles fired as the u.s. military gets involved in a third muslim country. >>> and break down the three big stories in my new sunday sports trifecta. >>> good morning. welcome to fox 5 news sunday. the fair fax county search and rescue team is back in the u.s. after a heroing mission in japan. we'll hear back after they arrive home this morning. >>> first an early morning house fire. a sprawling 10,000 square foot home in hunting town, maryland, went up in flames. now none of the injuries are life threatening. investigators believe it started in the chimney. the home as you can see here is a total loss. >>> now to the latest on the crisis in libya. the air assault has begun. more than 100 tom hawk cruise missiles fired from u.s. and british warships rained down on libya. the target radar sites in the capitol of tripoli. they also hit targets on the ground. ohm battled leader gadafi is promising to fight back calling the attacks a "crusader aggression." clearing the way for a no-fly zone approved by the united nations on thursday night. the u.s. is leading a coalition of some 20 nations
and washington next. good morning. i'm alex witt. thank you for watching us this morning. >>> the u.s. military is calling an overnate aerial bombardment a success. admiral mike mullen says there is effect tiff a no-fly zone in place in libya after 110 cruise missiles slammed anti-aircraft units and command posts. russia says the strikes are killing civilians. and embattled leader moammar gadhafi had a audio address, saying libya was arming its citizens to fight bank. >>> jim , let's get the latest n how things are on the ground there? what are you seeing? >> good morning, alex. as mill tier experts assess just how much -- he's made it quite clear that he's going nowhere. u.s. cruise missiles fire toward the mediterranean coast "operation odyssey dawn" was under way. the targets sophisticated systems that could knock out planes enforcing a no-fly zone. according to the pentagon, at least 20 such sites were hit, many near the capital of tripoli. where tracer and anti-aircraft fire sprayed the night skies defending against the sounds of planes and explosions. by daylight, tripoli was calm, but li
'll have new information. a senior u.s. official is saying potentially the french could target qaddafi. the french are doing their own thing over there. the situation is developing. i'm eric shawn. see you back at 3:00 right here. >>> it is day two of what's being called odyssey dawn. i'm shannon bream live in washington. admiral mike mullen said a no fly zone in libya is essentially in place, but the man on the ground in libya carrying out the operation is a bit more cautious. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with the latest, but first in an interview with slate media, libyan leader moammar qaddafi said his country is distributing automatic weapons, mortars, and bombs to more than a million libyans. rick leventhal is streaming live from libya. he joins us with the latest. >> reporter: shall bshannon, wee moved to 10 miles south of benghazi to a field where qaddafi's army had staged many of its tanks and artillery, armored vehicles, missile launchers. they were staged here when nato aircraft came in and took the vehicles out. what you see behind me are some of the many people w
of hitting him. it is, according to the allied forces, according to the u.s. president barack obama an others, it is is to keep the people of libya safe. they're there for the safety of the people. does this change anything now that moammar gadhafi's compound has been stuck? >> i don't think so. i think the commanding control was always on the list, the intent to hit it. not him directly. i would suspect when we went into this we have a no target, no shoot list, restricted fire zone which designates mosques, buildings such as hospitals and his headquarters was on that no target list. but remember last night and early tonight you saw air defense weapons from that compound shooting in the air. you've got two possible scenarios. you've got a scenario where a pilot could have seen that anti-aircraft weapon, a zsu-23-4, could have been at the top of the building, could have been shooting. don't know the fact s yet, but commend robinson and his crew for going there. the other moment is, the moment that cnn crew walked on the scene, all of our targeteers are watching this, everybody is using cnn int
about 24 hours ago. >>> multiple air and missile strikes have hit libyan military targets. u.s. joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen said most of libyan air defense systems have been taken out and libyan ground forces have been hit. and the no fly zone is in effect. >> in a speech on state television, gadhafi vowed to fight back against what he called terrorists attacking his country. he called the strikes a confrontation between the libyan people and the quote new nazis. >> eye witnesses in tripoli describe what they saw and heard when the air strikes began. >> to be honest, i was asleep, i woke up because of the explosion, i tried to run and see what's happening and i could see, i saw actually one of the explosions. saw one of the fires, it was scary thing. especially that there is an an anti-craft shooting against it. and i saw a couple of the, i don't know what to call it. but it was a very bright light. and i could see, i could see some of the events. i saw them. >> we want to check in with our senior international correspondent, nic robertson who is in tripoli. and nic, i'm
in corsica. the military intervention had begun. later the u.s. fired 110 cruise missiles as well, hitting at least 20 libyan air defense systems. earlier in the day, but of the tanks and troops had punched or rebel defenses. intense fighting spread across the rebel capital, killing dozens, including many civilians. many families fled in their cars by the hundreds, heading east to the egyptian border. their hopes of getting military help crust. >> we are left alone with this killer. >> at one point, and -- a fighter plane was seen falling from the sky and crashing. the cause is still unclear. back in tripoli, the government said it was abiding by a ceasefire declared on friday. this amateur video was reportedly shot after the cease- fire. >> enter that gaddafi forces did, and once over benghazi, they lost little time, firing on and -- the rebels were celebrating the news. back in tripoli, there was defiance. thousands of libyan supporters packed into gaddafi's compound, effectively making themselves human shields. while state tv told libyans that america and nato had bombed civilian areas
is in recess. we are going to focus on the story from libya. and your calls and reaction as u.s. and allies strike those targets. 202-737-0002, our line for democrats. 202-737-0001 for republicans. for independence, the number to call is 202-628-0205. here are some of the headlines from domestic newspapers beginning with "new york post." "take that gaddafi." "strike one." an air assault, no ground troops, but tomahawk missiles continue to strike those targets. some other headlines beginning with the chicago tribune. u.s. allies are attacking libya. most of it right along the coast. you can see along the mediterranean sea. l.a. times -- attacks on libya. you can see from the u.s. and navy destroyers. operation "odyssey dawn" was the name of the operation. from the "richmond times- dispatch", the u.s. striking libyan forces. and from the "miami herald", libya under fire. you can join the conversation online at twitter.com/cspanwj. caller: good morning. i would like to know what the heck is going on. here we are and another freakin' war. congress is on vacation. who is minding the store? i'm a
that go into automobiles and high-tech goods come from japan, are put into u.s. products and then shipped globally. the second aspect is the financial aspect. japan is a major buyer of u.s. financial assets, particularly u.s. treasuries, and they are a major capital exporter. so, what has bothered people recently is that japan's semiconductor production has been hit as well as their willingness to finance global investment. they've pulled back. a lot of that money is coming back into japan. it strengthened the yen relative to the dollar, but it also has a bias on interest rates. >> explain that to me. i wrote that down. the yen rose to new highs as economists expected funds to be repatriated. so, the yen comes back to japan, and what happens to the currency? >> well, the currency will appreciate because japan is an excess supplier of capital. they save a lot of money. the united states doesn't save a lot of money. >> right. >> so, their savings come to us, but what -- >> they have nothing they can do with their money other than -- they have enough money coming in that they literally then
because of weather. >> kron4 news it etch 9. the u.s. and allies lost the first missile assault. emergency crews are trying to deal with the nuclear crisis in japan. radiation levels are exceeded the safety limits and have been detected in food and water near the plant. plus, they say you cannot predict the next big quake but when bay area the knowledge of says that if you have to the next week. the them by developing the news in libya. present record, has announced and u.s. military strike against the military in libya. it is an effort designed to get the military in line. more bloodshed. the nation's government has blasted the operations in their nation. they say innocence has been clouded in the crossfire. barbour has the latest. >> reporter: at the u.s. military has key allies such as france and great billion -- great britain launching misfiles. present record, was speaking from brazil and says the u.s. will not have to come again. he will not idly stand by (no audio) >> vicki: we are having some audio issues. hours after the attack the leader it went on the tv and said that he would d
>>> breaking news -- attack on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only foow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leader
sure the u.s. and european countries are on the right track. >> host: is almost like there's a couple of different books in one book. there is your story of the decline of the west. the rise of the east, and i guess the basic premise is that the lines are going to cross. >> you can argue that there is an absolute part talking about the west and its isolation and with the issues are going on there and of course we live in an easing time when china and the other emerging economies have done the unthinkable moving these people of poverty so it is going to be in the year relevant question as well which is what i have done in the book. >> let's start by talking about what is going on in the west. >> guest: sure. i think it's important that in terms of the context of my work i talked about the unintended consequences, things that seemingly undersurface from the good intention but actually yield bad outcomes and what i've done in this book is to focus on the three key ingredients that economists focus on as the drivers of economic growth and those are capital which is basically money. lieber
[ gunfire ] >>> when the u.s. bombed libya, the first retaliation unfolded on our newscast. explosions and heavy gunfire lighting up the night sky like fireworks. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com circumstance success >>> and from war to fear. misery and also miracles. nine days buried beneath the rubble in japan, rescued alive. >>> and a story here in the united states that certainly deserves your attention tonight. [ gunfire ] >> boy, look at that. how a frightening hostage situation ends when the s.w.a.t. team opens fire. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. we start tonight. this is tripoli just a short time ago. take a look. [ gunfire ] >> loud explosions ring out in libya's capital city. it is midnight right now in that country and in the midst of all this unrest this is what libya's state-run government broadcasting is running right now. it's a tale of two very different realities. we'll show you that in a moment. as we go on air, the libyan army is announcing a second cease-fire, yet moammar gadhafi's group is blasting fire into the night skiet
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